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continues next live from doha. ♪ >> announcer: this is al jazeera. ♪ hello and welcome to the news hour. i'm in doha. here is what is coming up in the next 60 minutes. >> we know they are close. and they are watching us. and we have watching them. >> saudi arabia's forces train their eyes on the border as air strikes expand in yemen. in kenya students call for more security at universities after the garissa massacre last week. plus we go on patrol in
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thailand, where peopling are taking the fight against human trafficking into their own hand. and we meet the inventor who has found a good solution to alzheimer's carers. the u.s. deputy secretary of state is saying that the u.s. is going to be expediting arms supplies to the anti-houthi coalition according to the reuters news agency once again, citing the u.s. deputy secretary of state. the fight for control of yemen does continue meanwhile. where forces loyal to the government and supported by the coalition are battling shia houthi rebels. it has been nearly two weeks since the air campaign began.
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saudi jets bombed a military base in central yemen controlled by houthi righters near the by of ibb. and in the southern port city of aden many civilian homes were destroyed by shelling. they are set to have recaptured an air base north of aden from the houthis. we're joined by our correspondent in a city in yemen. what is the latest on that air strike in ibb? >> reporter: well the information about the air campaign about the coalition forces is really limited to the briefing given daily in the capitol. the coalition forces have been very careful to limit or control the information given to the media. and the coalition forces
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spokesperson last night said that the coalition is still working on achieving the objectives it has clearly stated in the first day. some of these objectives it seems that they already achieved very well. for example, attacking the ballistic missiles and air defense missiles that the rebels have confiscated. these objectives it seems have been controlled or achieved. there are also other objectives that are still going on such as limiting the movement of the houthi rebels and those in support of the ex-president saleh, but targeting or deinstructing some of the logistic channels in these cities. >> what are you seeing happening on the border where you are? >> reporter: well to be clear with you, i am right now
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standing at the last point at the saudi yemeni border. it's in the southern western part of saudi arabia. this port controls more than 60% of the exchange of commercial and civilian exchange between yemen and saudi arabia and we have spoken to some of the civilians evacuating yemen. we spoke to an egyptian family from sana'a and they said the situation in sana'a is too risky to stay. and they had to leave their jobs. and we spoke to some working for an agricultural company, and they said the company have ordered all of the staff to evacuate yemen right away. >> thank you very much. well the war in yemen has brought challenges to the
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international community. our correspondent has more. >> reporter: a civilian in the center of aden is shot by a houthi sniper as he films the street below. an example of how dangerous the streets of yemen have become. this is the kind of violence the saudi-lead coalition says it is targeting with its air strikes. they blame the houthis and their allies. >> translator: the houthis target buildings and people. they have managed to move to certain areas to take cover from the air strikes. >> reporter: the fiercest battles are taking place in aden. they are battling the houthis and the army parts of which remain aligned with the former president. so far humanitarian aid agencies
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have found it almost impossible to reach those in need. >> translator: we coordinated the arrival of a passenger plane to sana'a. we have now in the process of coordinating a second flight for them and are finalizing the details. >> reporter: china has called for a political solution to this war, hinting, though that i supports president hadi. >> translator: china is deeply worried about the recent developments in yemen. we call on all parties to quickly implement a ceasefire. china hopes all sides can implement the security council resolutions and gcc
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recommendations. >> reporter: but the international community faces a difficult challenge. saudi arabia and its partners have repeatedly said they will not stop their attacks unless president hadi is reinstated. a demand the houthis have so far rejected. just a moment ago i was bringing you the breaking news that the u.s. deputy secretary of state is saying that the u.s. is expediting arm supplies to the anti-houthi coalition, and saying the u.s. is sharing more yemen intelligence with this coalition. and that the saudis are sending a message to the houthis and their allies that yemen cannot be overrun by force. so those are some comments that have been made by the u.s. deputy secretary of state, according to the reuters news agency. a spokesman for unicef is saying the children of yemen are
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particularly vulnerable in this war. >> 74 children have been killed and 44 maimed so far. but we say we are aware that these are conservative figure and believe the total number killed is much higher. in kenya students have rallied in the streets of nairobi. they are depending better security in the wake of the massacre last thursday. 148 people were killed after al-shabab gunmen stormed the campus of garissa. you are at the venue of vigil for the victims. what do the organizers of this vigil want to achieve? >> reporter: well they are about the students saying we do
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not have adequate security. we need to be protected more and the event that happened in garissa, an incident in which 148 students were killed should not be repeated again. but also this event here where i am at it is a vigil in honor of the 148 that were killed in garissa last week. they are going to be writing notes in honor of the victims. they are also going to be lighting candles. organizers say they do not want the 147 that were killed to be looked at just as a number and they want these people honored because they are people who come from families who arrive now in mourning, and this follows a very successful campaign on
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social media and particularly treated with the hashtag that 147 is not just a number where kenyans were telling the stories of the different people who were killed last week. >> and any breakthroughs mohammed in tomorrows of the investigation? what is the government doing with that? >> reporter: well the government says it has continued with the investigations. today they called five suspects who they said supplied the gunmen who carried out the attack with weapons and ammunitions. they -- the prosecutor asked for 30 more days to complete investigations and also asked for another -- more time to continue the investigation against a [ inaudible ] national who was arrested on that day, in the college where the attack was taking place.
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in garissa town also there are operations going on looking for the accomplices. >> okay. mohammed thank you. the u.n. security council has called for humanitarian access to the refugee camp in syria. the camp is on the outskirts of damascus has been invaded by isil. it has been home to about 18,000 people in the recent past. most palestinians. >> translator: we heard that they were breaking walls and there were clashes. when they came closer they said isil fighters were killing women and children. when the army entered they moved us all to another venue to be safe. >> translator: we could not see them but we heard they were beheading all young men. they called on civilians to leave the camp. we heard that they killed some
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people who left. we also heard they took some civilian youth. on monday a u.n. official described the situation in the camp as beyond humane. >> the members condemn in the strongest terms the actions by daesh and al-nusra and emphasize the need that such crimes do not go unpunished. he call for humanitarian access to the area including providing life-saving assistance and ensure safe passage and evacuation of civilians. >> here is stephanie decker with more. >> reporter: a humanitarian push is underway to allow the civilians to get out. the u.n. agency that deals with palestinian refugees addressed
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the u.n. on monday calling for more international pressure. there have been reinforcements to the groups to fight isil but the situation remains very fluid. the people we have been speaking to will tell you that isil has snipers in the camp. plus the people have no running water, electricity or food. and no medical supplies are making their way into the camp to help treat the wounded. the syrian go has been using barrel bombs and shelling the camp. so they are trapped between infighting between groups and of course also the bombing from the air. some managed to get out, but around 16,000 remain trapped.
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iraqi security forces say it's now safe for people to return to their homes in tikrit. charles stratford reports. >> reporter: many of the roads and buildings remain deserted. they army may be in control now, but the fighting has been intense in recent weeks. the islamic state of iraq and the levant overran the town in june. security forces are trying to reassure people it's safe to return. >> translator: we are in control of security. we control all of the government buildings and have secured the residential areas. >> reporter: the mission was lead by u.s.-control u.s.-control -- coalition air strikes. >> translator: i came to this
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place to look for my nephew i was told he was killed and buried here in tikrit. >> reporter: iraq's prime minister has been visiting the kurdish north. he repeated his promise that the iraqi army would work with kurd irk forces to take back control of one province. >> translator: we are here to cooperate and coordinate on a joint plan to liberate the people. we will work with all of the sides to liberate the area for the benefit of its people. >> reporter: the streets of tikrit may be quiet now, but isil still controls huge areas of northern iraq most of anbar, and various areas north of the capitol. still to come on the news hour seeking new friends to avoid economic collapse why the greek prime minister is traveling to moscow. i'm andrew simmonds
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reporting from donetsk. and i'll explain why families are still living in these conditions underground even though there is a ceasefire. >> reporter: and in sport, turkish police say the two suspects have been arrested after the leading team was shot at. but first, malaysia's lower house has passed a controversial anti-terrorism law. it introduces indefinite detention without trial. >> reporter: there was overwhelming support for the passing of the prevention of terrorism act 2015 in the malaysian lower house in the early hours of tuesday morning. 79 votes for, 60 against.
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it allows indefinite detention of an individual without any promise of a trial. and so we're not hearing civil society groups complaining about this -- what they are describing as draconian law being implemented by malaysia. there has been growing support in asia-pacific to join the conflict in the middle east. so the malaysian government feel they have to stamp on this recruitment campaign. now these 17 individuals that were arrested on sunday aged between 14 and 49, they were supposed to allegedly target locations in the capitol and the federal state where the main
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seat of government the highest court in the land and the prime minister's office is about 30 kilometers away from kl. pro-russian separatists have released 16 ukrainian solds. both sides have agreed to exchange prisoners. separatists say they have released all ukrainian prisoners, and they are waiting for kiev to do the same. sporadic fighting continues in eastern ukraine. people have been hiding in underground shelt evers for months. that includes children living with foster parents who can't afford to clothe and feed them. andrew simmonds reports. >> reporter: children should haven't to live like this. an existence underground with little food. it's always the poor who suffer most at times of conflict.
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and there is no exception here in donetsk. places like this answer the question is there any confidence in the ceasefire? families living underground, and here there are 28 children trying to get by. many families refuse to give up their space here because they are convinced the fighting will resume. some of the children have fos -- parents who can't afford to feed and clothe them. this woman was advised by a welfare worker to put anton into an orphanage. >> translator: how could they say this? he's mine. he's mine. i won't give him away never.
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never. do you love your momma? >> reporter: at the nearest orphanage rebranded with the flag there is a depressed mood. >> translator: ukraine should supply these families with support, along with everything else needed to care for these children. >> reporter: but ukrainian welfare payments aren't being sent her. the break away republic isn't paying them either. institutions like these are a throw-back to the soviet era when parents couldn't cope children were often placed under the care of the state. they would sometimes develop mental health issues and go
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into adulthood without being given the chance of independence. the self declared republican wouldn't tell us when it will start making foster care payments. the fear is more children have to go into state care. the deputy finance minister of greece says germany owes the country nearly $300 billion from the nazi occupation during world war ii. greek officials have been pushing german officials to cover damages for decades, but the government has never put in an official request. the greek prime minister is scheduled to travel to moscow on thursday. his new government voted against more e.u. sanctions against russia now the kremlin says it
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will consider what is expected to be a request for a loan. >> reporter: orthodoxy has bounded these two countries for years. it was greek missionaries who converted the russians to christianity. this week a different mission is bound for moscow. greece needs money and friends to face increasingly hostile creditors in europe while russia wants to prevent e.u. sanctions from being renewed in june. >> russia will try to temp greece in various ways by offering deals in the energy sector and perhaps a unilateral suspension of the counter embargo or counter sanctions on greek agricultural products but whether they can make a very tempting offer of let's say offering 30, 40 billion euros, i
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think this is very likely. >> reporter: a direct loan isn't the only option. russia should lift its import band of greek products. and because greece spends ten times that amount buying russian gas, russia should lower the price. these are all parts of the bilateral relationship but there is an overarching priority. greece wants to remind europe of its strategic value, and demonstrate it has friends elsewhere. but it is enough to break ranking with europe. >> reporter: just before he came prime minister he suggested that greece could win a debt deal. >> translator: if i was an a negotiator for the greek debt the first thing i would do is put on the issues important to
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my partner on the table, in exchange for the issue of the debt. you can't negotiate solely on the issue where you are the weakest. >> reporter: both greece and russia are out of favor in europe and that could push them closer to a deal. the question is whether the russians could buy a greek veto in june and break the united european front. japan has revealed what is known as the blue book. it reiterated its commitment to remaining a peaceful nation. it also maintains its claims to islands that are disputed by south korea and china.
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while the islands are known by different names in china and japan. the reason they are so important is they are near potentially rich oil as well as gas reserves and close to shipping lanes and fishing grounds. both sides say their claims date back ancient times. a military specialist says that japan continues to claim sovereignty over the eye lans. >> well, to a certain extend they are not saying anything knew either are the japanese. they still claim the islands, and that's not necessarily incompatible with a peace-loving stance. what they are saying is that
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these belong to us of course they don't have possession of the dokto islands, but they are not going to use violence in order to take any kind of possessions that they claim, nor are they using the threat of violence in order to keep the territories that they already have. basically what they are talking about is trying to advance this idea of normalization a power that is prepared to defend its interest. the turkish president visits iran to strengthen trade and cultural ties. and we go on patrol in thailand. and the brooklyn nets give big boosts to their playoff hopes, and i will be here with all of the details. ♪
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state says the u.s. is providing intelligence to saudi arabia and its allies on yemen. the u.s. also saying it is expediting arms supplies to the coalition that is helping the yemeni government in its fight against houthi rebels. in kenya students are holding a protest in the capitol of nairobi calling for better security at universities in the wake of the garissa attacks last week where 148 people were killed. the undersecurity council is calling for humanitarian access to a camp in syria, it has been invaded by isil. it has been home to tens of thousands of people most of whom are palestinians. the palestinian prime is calling on iran to help in the
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peace process with yemen. >> reporter: pakistan's parliament has continued its debate on the heightening tensions and crisis in yemen. most of the opposition leaders want a government that is spending ground troops into yemen couldproof to be a quagmire. there was always a vociferous debate in parliament with pros and cons. however, the defense minister and the prime minister have already consulted with the military chief. they have drafted the resolution and said that the saudis wanted ground support, neighbor support, as well as air support. but the mood coming out of islamabad said there is now a fresh impetus as far as the diplomatic concerns are
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concerned. the iranian foreign minister is due in islamabad, and pakistan is hoping to see if iran can prevail on the houthi rebels in yemen, and if they can convince the saudis also to find a diplomatic solution. there were also warnings that the yemeni conflict could plunge the whole region into chaos and heighten the fears of a sectarian war. the news agency in iran is reporting that gunmen have killed eight border guards in the southeast. it took place near the border with pakistan. it was the second-reported incident in the area on monday. iran's official news says revolutionary guard units broke up the group linked to the foreign intelligence news agency
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and killed three of its members. turkish president is in iran for meetings. he will meet the ayatollah later. officials from both countries have signed eight agreements and a memorandum of understanding that cover their economic and cultural relations. bernard smith has more. >> reporter: this was the first visit by a turkish president to iran in four years, and publicly he chose to focus on trade. turkey buys almost all of its gas from iran 95% of its, and erdogan was complaining that turkey pays too much and wants the iranians to bring the price down. he made no reference to the crisis in yemen though. it was left to his iranian counterpart to do that. >> translator: both parties are
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of the same view that this conflict should come to an end in this region. there should be a ceasefire in yemen. any attacks from neighboring countries should come to an end. and following the ceasefire, we should have the situation where we can provide humanitarian support. with the assistance of all countries we can put our efforts together to have peace, security and stability. >> reporter: before erdogan arrived in tehran, he had a meeting with the interior minister. turkey has suggested it might offer logistical support to the saudis in its campaign against the houthis in yemen, but publicly in speaking to the press in tehran he made no reference to this meeting. india's prime minister has launched his country's first national air quality
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index. it will record air quality in ten major cities in real time. it has been struggling to refruit findings that new delhi and not beijing is the world's worst polluted city. last year india was ranked as almost the worst country in the world for air quality. 13 of the world's most polluted cities are in india, delhi takes the global top spot. the w.h.o. says 627,000 indians die every year as a result of severe pollution. our correspondent has more from new delhi. >> reporter: when people want to know how polluted the air is they are breathing, they come here to the weather department there this has become an increasingly important issue for millions of people across this
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city as international health organizations have reported that new delhi is the world's most polluted city. the government has introduced the national air quality index. >> it's reallying important because this will give people the chance to take precautions especially those suffers from lung and heart disease. this is one step forward, but we need to do a lot more. >> reporter: the indian government is rolling out the index in ten cities across the country, and it is going to expand the program to more to 60 as time goes on. the big question is what does this mean? what does the collection and publication of this data mean for people on the ground? since if a city like new delhi records a high level of air pollution on consecutive days will it mean a change in traffic conditions, a change in the way in which construction happens,
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what will it mean for millions of people in their daily lives. many are saying this is a great start, but the big question is how will this actually change the situation in some of the world's biggest cities? a jury has begun deliberations in the boston bombing trial. if found guilty dzhokher tsarnaev will face execution. the lawyers said he helped carry out the attack but argued that his elder brother who planned the attacked had influenced him. people in ferguson missouri have voted to choose three now city council members.
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rob reynolds is joining us live to tell us about how the voting is going. rob? >> reporter: well as you can see behind me the rain has started to fall here in ferguson, which may unfortunately have a dampening effect no pun intended on the voter turnout here in the city but we have seen a fairly steady stream of people making their way into the polling place. we are joined by adrian hawkins who is one of the candidates for one of the three open city council seats. adrian you told me you are a first-time candidate, and the events of last year michael brown's shooting at the hands of one of the ferguson police officers motivated you. can you tell me a little bit about why you are running? >> it was the death of michael brown. when the initial reports came out, they were saying an unarmed
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team was accosted or approached by a police officer for walking in the street and he was gunned down and i didn't understand and i have twins who are 20 now -- >> reporter: 20 year old sons? >> 20-year-old sons and i could not imagine them not coming home. >> reporter: so that really resinated with you and your own family situation. >> definitely and for my community. there are tons of african american males out here around the same age, and i just want to make sure they all make it home. >> reporter: now has your candidacy been received by the community? >> it is definitely mixed. some are afraid i'm going to split the back vote but at 67%, if everybody comes out and participates we still win the black vote if there is such a thing. i just want to unite the
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community. >> reporter: this is one of the questions which has lingered why this city -- has been so dominated by politicians council members, majors who are white. why are the -- the historic voting turnout patterns so poor by african americans here? >> i'm afraid that a lot of the african americans -- it's not that they are lazy or not interested i believe they don't have anything to vote for. if they don't believe in a system that is going to change or that is going to be fair to them. i believe that's the reason that they don't participate. >> reporter: this is an election that obviously for this community is very important, but do you see it having significance beyond ferguson in terms of african americans and others in minority situations. exercising their political
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power? >> i do. i believe that ferguson -- this is a onetime shot. there are a lot of places that are a lot worse than ferguson. ferguson has issues but if we get this right and make some definite changes here i think it is going to radiate across the country. i think people are waiting for the opportunity to make some changes where they live. >> reporter: all right. adrian hawkins running for the city council here in ferguson missouri. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> reporter: we will have continuing coverage throughout the day, rain or shine, and we'll let you know how the election turns out. >> reporter: all right. hoping for a shine for your sake rob. thank you very much. well the u.s. senator rand paul has announced that he will be a contender for the 2016 campaign for president. he'll be kicking up a in his
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home state of kentucky. he wants to sharply reduce the role of the government. but he is opposed to military scam -- campaigns abroad. four years ago a world first framework agreement was signed in the asia pacific. it set common guidelines to help the region tackle the problem. the illegal trade effect as many as 2.4 million people worldwide at one any time. a majority of the victims are in the asia-pacific region where there are around 3.5 vulnerable refugees. those affects can find themselves forced into slavery or the sex trade. many trafficked the u.n. says are children. in southern thailand people have taken matters into their own hands. they are armed and say they are determined to stop the
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lawlessness. >> reporter: deep in the jungles of southern thailand these men patrol one of asia's busiest smuggling groups. they are all volunteers who have answered their government's call for civilians to do what they can to stop human traffickers of using thailand as a transit point. thousands come through here every year in search of better lives. and these men hope that they can prevent a rise in lawlessness because of the gangs that smuggle refugees through. >> translator: the government officials are involved with the human traffickers. this is our biggest challenge. many of the villagers are also involved. but they don't benefit as much as the officials. >> reporter: refugees rescuers
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enjoy their freedom. this woman and her daughter spent a month on a boat. the volunteer militia rescued her as traffickers tried to lead her group through the dense jungle. >> translator: the guards were very violent. they even beat us with the guns they carried. sometimes they used a rope too. two men were shot dead and one was beaten to death. when i saw it i just wanted to die. >> reporter: the volunteers set up check points and pretty much act as the local police. they have the support of the community who live them food petrol, and money for their needs, but not everyone believes this is a good thing. the leaders of the minority muslim groups here are concerned
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the presence may complicate matters further. >> translator: if the muslims are carrying weapons they still know they will be get treated fairly but if the buddists have weapons, some will intimidate and treat the row wean ga harshly. >> reporter: but that was not the case for this woman. with no one stopping them the men in the jungle say they will continue their work. unable to step in and fill the gaps their government has been unable to. still to come on the al jazeera news hour in sports find out why after nearly 50 years of waiting for glory, toronto maichl maple leaf fans stay loyal to their team.
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♪ hello again. alz hiemer's disease effects millions ash the world. but one teenager has drawn from personal experience and invented a gadget that can track the movement of patients who risk wandering off and losing their way. our correspondent reports from new york. >> reporter: the sweet sound of music in this day care facility for the elderly, alzheimer's patients listen to song. for this 73-year-old, who
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sometimes forgets if she is at home or in her native trinidad it is a safe environment. she is a wandering, the term used for people who suffer from alzheimer's who can't remember who they are, often becoming critically missing person cases. >> translator: sometimes i forget things. [ laughter ] >> reporter: researchers say wandering caused by alzheimer's has become a major public health crisis. >> we know if they are not found within 24 hours, there is a 50% chance that either they will never be found or will be found dead or injured. >> reporter: the wandering knows no geographic boundaries.
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5.5 million people in the united states suffer from alzheimer's, 44% have alzheimer's globally. the issue of wandering hits close to home for kenneth. his grandfather one night got out of bed, walked outside in his pajamas and was found on a busy highway before being brought home by police. >> it was absolutely devastating. knowing his life was at risk essentially because of the wandering. >> reporter: the 16-year-old had experience inventing things so he started coding on his laptop and the safe wandering app was born. >> reporter: you put the sensor on the bottom of the sock once the person steps on to the floor, an alert is sent out. >> reporter: he hopes his invention will help millions of alzheimer's patients to stay
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safe and prevent them from wandering. time for all of the sports news with sana'a. >> reporter: thank you very much. russian team torpedo moscow have been given their fourth race punishment. russian football's governing body found them [ inaudible ] offensive shots and of fighting. the club will be forced to play two home games behind closed doors, and have been fined $16,000. racism has also been a discussion point at the confederation of african football conference in cairo. the fifa president has called for the game's continental bodies to take tougher measures.
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>> translator: you can suspend a team. you can take away points from a team or relegate a team and it must be done. we will always find money, but you can't fight racism with money. two suspects have been detained by turkish police following an bust attack on saturday. the bus was hit by gunfire while the league traveled to a northern city. the bus driver was taken to hospital for treatment, but no players were injured. the turkish football leaking has been suspended for one week. the duke blue devils have won the men's national championship in the u.s. the top scorer for duke has 23 points. they went on to win 68-63. it's the fifth national
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championship for the team. over toe this nba, and the brooklyn nets have given their hopes of reaching the playoffs a big boost. they beat the trail blazers on tuesday for an eighth win in ten games. [ inaudible ] did most of the damage. he had 32 points and 9 rebounds. they stay comfortably in seventh in the eastern conference with only five regular season games. after a year-long drug ban, alex rodriguez returned to action. he was given a warm reception by the 40,000 fans. he had to walk at his first at-bat against the blue jays and got a single in the 5th inning. in the first game following the retirement of derek jeter, the yankees ended up losing 6-1.
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the l.a. kings were beaten on monday. daniel sedin forced the game into overtime. it couldn't be settled there, with la eventually going down 2-1. they with one point behind winnipeg for the second wild-card spot. one team that won't be any think playoffs is the toronto maple leafs. al jazeera's daniel lak tries to find out why toronto's beloved leafs are so bad, and why their fans keep supporting them. >> reporter: they are sports legends, the biggest team in hockey. the toronto maple leafs.
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this leaf-loving couple got married there the team's home arena. even their dogs wear team colors and it's a written in stone which team any future children will support. >> we just know there's only one choice for them. >> yeah. there's no options for the kids. >> yeah. >> reporter: what scott and jennifer don't know is when even if they will get to see their beloved team do this genuine the stanley cup like they did in 1967. since then they have barely come close. this year and for much of the past decade they haven't even made the playoffs ♪ >> reporter: this young fan recorded this song of heart break and loss. >> a lot of music is about heart break or heart-warming, right? there's maybe a little bit of in
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between, but that's what most of it is. and the leafs song has pretty much just been a heart break song. >> reporter: the leafs have a lot of money and popularity in canada, but they lose and their players often fail in toronto, only to succeed in other cities. the most recent player retired in the 1980s. this sports writer wrote a book trying to explain why the team is so consistently businessdismal. >> they cultivated this lovable loser thing in chicago. the maple leafs are the unlikable losers. 50 years since they last won it and they are still looking for another one. >> reporter: this is the city where the stanley cup is stored
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between championships, a popular tourist attraction. fans have to be content just looking at it through glass and wondering if their team will ever win again. the maple leaf's players as usual are now trading their hockey sticks for golf clubs, but is there is always next year. golf former world number 1, tiger woods is confident that he will win his 15th major title on thursday. wood carded a career high of 11 over par in january at the phoenix open and has since missed the part for two months due to a back injury. some opponents are excited for his return. >> he obviously hasn't played for a while, but everyone is
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excited and interested to see how he performs this week what the state of the game is for him, because he is such a huge part of golf everyone enjoys watching him obviously. we got very blessed of the 15-year span of the domination he had out here. as a competitor i didn't like it very much but it's just good to see -- and he is always my hero growing up watching limb. one of china's biggest sports stars has announced his retirement. the former olympic champion claimed his country's first ever men's athletic gold winning the 110 meters hurdle in athens. and that's it for me. i'll hand you back to dareen. thanks for that update and thanks for watching the news hour. we hand you to our team in
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the u.s. says it is speeding up weapon's supplies to the coalition targeting the houthi rebels. at least 74 children have been confirmed kills and dozens injured as civilians pay a heavy price for the fighting. ♪ hello there, i'm felicity barr and you are watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up protests in kenya, where